One of a handful of delightfully tiny towns found along coastal Highway 1, Tomales possesses its own beauty and charm. Located three miles inland from picturesque Tomales Bay and nestled among rolling meadows, the hamlet had a population of just 187 people in 2020 and is home to Marin County’s oldest and most dignified saloon. William Tell House, established in 1877, exudes everything this town’s village pub should—namely, excellent beverages, phenomenal food and festive patrons.
On a recent visit, the outdoor seating area was alive and thriving. The beer was heady and encouraged animated conversation, and the Stemple Creek Burger, with its white cheddar, pickled onion and caramelized onion aioli, was to die for. And did I mention the garlic parmesan fries? They were drool-worthy. Looking for a place to spend a stress-free afternoon or evening with friends? Hit up William Tell House Saloon and Inn in Tomales. And remember: The beautiful drive there and back is part of the experience.